Vice-Chancellor's Office

Updates and events both on and off campus

It’s today


📥  Let's Talk

Make sure you set a reminder in your diary! 

Don’t forget to come along to Let’s Talk – taking place today at 3.15pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge. All staff are welcome to come and listen to the presentations from the Senior Team, ask questions and stay to chat to the Senior Managers afterwards.

The event will be finished by 4.15pm so we will not take more than an hour and this is a great chance to talk to our Senior Team as well as get together with other departments and hear about some of the work that takes place across the organisation.

If you are unable to make it in person, you can tune in to watch the live stream on the Let’s Talk webpage.


Let’s Talk about our University Strategy


📥  Let's Talk

Tomorrow 3.15-4.15pm

The Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge or tune in online

Come along to hear from our senior managers

Let's Talk is your opportunity to hear from the President and Vice-Chancellor & other senior managers on the latest developments affecting the University, and to ask any questions.

Come along to hear from:

·         The President and Vice-Chancellor– introduction and welcome

·         Professor Jonathan Knight on progress with the Doctoral College

·         Professor Veronica Hope Hailey on her new role as Vice-President (Corporate Relations)  role

If you are unable to make it in person, you can tune in to watch a recording after the event on the Let’s Talk webpage.


Questions now closed


📥  Let's Talk

Come along on to ask your question in person.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their questions for the next Let’s Talk taking place on Thursday 16 November at 3.15pm in The Edge.

If you didn’t have time to submit your question, please do come along to the event when the Senior Managers will be answering questions in person. Any questions not asked and answered on the day will be posted on the Let’s Talk webpage after the event.


Get your questions in by noon on Wednesday 8 November


📥  Let's Talk

Less than 1 week left to submit your questions in for the next Let’s Talk.

Let’s Talk will be taking place at the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge on Thursday 16 November at 3.15-4.15pm. This is your chance to get your questions answered by the University leads.

Submit your question by emailing or drop your questions into the ‘Let’s Talk’ post box in the Claverton Rooms foyer by 12noon on Wednesday 8 November and even if we don’t get chance at the meeting you will receive an answer by email.

All questions and answers will be posted on the Let’s Talk webpage after the event. You can also click on the Let’s Talk webpage to see what questions have previously been asked at Let’s Talk.


Let’s Talk Exhibitors


📥  Let's Talk

An opportunity to hear about further developments at the University.

Following the presentations from the Senior Managers and Q&As at the next Let’s Talk, on Thursday 16 November, there will be the chance to continue discussions over refreshments and find out more from exhibitors in the Foyer at The Edge. The exhibitors will be:

  • The Edge Arts – find out what events, shows and exhibitions The Edge have coming up.
  • Doctoral College –  following an update about progress with the Doctoral College at the event, delivered by Professor Jonathan Knight.
  • Research Excellence Framework - promotion in collaboration with the Impact team in Research and Innovation Services
  • Centre for Learning and Teaching - find out more about how it supports and enhance learning experiences for all at Bath, including the Bath Scheme.

Submit your questions by emailing by 12noon on Wednesday 8 November.


Let’s Talk about our University Strategy

📥  Let's Talk

Thursday 16 November 3.15-4.15pm.

The Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge.

Come and find out about progress with the Doctoral College and the new Vice-President (Corporate Relations) role.

All staff are invited to our next Let’s Talk meeting taking place on Thursday 16 November between 3.15-4.15pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre, The Edge.

The aim is to give you the chance to hear about key elements of the University Strategy from the senior team who are leading it and the opportunity to ask your questions.

The President & Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell will introduce the event, we will then hear from Professor Jonathan Knight on progress with the Doctoral College and from Professor Veronica Hope Hailey about her new role as Vice-President (Corporate Relations).

Following the presentations, the panel and others will then take questions.

Send in your questions

You can ask your questions at the event or submit them beforehand by emailing or the ‘Let’s Talk’ post box in the Claverton Rooms foyer by 12noon on Wednesday 8 November. If there isn’t time to cover all pre-submitted questions on the day, answers will be emailed and posted online after the meeting.  You can view previous Q&As on the Let’s Talk webpage .

There will be the opportunity to continue discussions over refreshments as well as viewing displays about what’s on at The Edge, further information about the Doctoral College and highlights of the research that is currently taking place at the University.

If you can’t make it on the day, a recording will be posted on the Staff Homepage afterwards. To access this, and recordings of previous Let’s Talk events, visit the Let’s Talk webpage.


Best in the South West and Sports University of the Year

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Dear colleagues,

This weekend we can celebrate being named as Sports University of the Year for 2018 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide and once again being the highest ranked university in our region. We retain 12th place nationally.

The new edition of the guide comments on our strong links with business and the excellent prospects for Bath graduates who continue to be some of the most sought after in the country, ranking 7th overall.  When it comes to average starting salaries, our graduates rank fourth highest in the country and top in the South West.

The guide describes our sports facilities as ‘among the best in Europe’ and how the performance of our student sports teams and our achievement in topping the subject rankings for Sports Science have all contributed to being recognised as Sports University of the Year. We have also topped the subject table for Architecture. The guide will include full details of subject tables when published on Sunday.

As we look forward to a busy arrivals weekend and the start of the new Academic Session, it is gratifying to be once again recognised for excellence at the national level. I would like to thank all the students and staff who have made this possible.

To continue on the sporting theme, I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of two forthcoming events which all are invited to join.

Monday 25 September at 1 pm in the Sports Training Village
Bath Graduate, England and former Team Bath Netball player Stacey Francis will become the latest inductee into the Team Bath Hall of Fame for Sport.

Wednesday 18 October at Bath Rec, 6:30 pm kick-off
University of Bath Rugby Club will take on fierce rivals Loughborough University in the national BUCS Super Rugby competition.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell
President and Vice-Chancellor



Our global network: the view from New York

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📥  Celebrating successes, Internationalisation

Affirming our international influence through worldwide partnerships and extending our research power are two key strands of our 2016-2021 strategy.

These cannot be achieved solely from our campus here in Bath. A key part of my role as Vice-Chancellor involves working with our faculty and alumni team to forge new collaborations and seek fresh opportunities.

Last week in New York was an important chance to celebrate the close of our 50th anniversary with supporters and alumni who play a crucial role in supporting scholarships and funding our research. You can read more about this event here.

Whilst in the city, we had the chance to meet with the President of New York University (NYU), Professor Andrew Hamilton whom colleagues here may recall was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. NYU has a campus in London and operates globally and we had a good conversation about areas of potential inter-institutional co-operation.

Equally key were the meetings with influential academics, including the Dean of Science at New York University, Professor Michael D. Purugganan, who spent time with us last year as a Global Chair at the Milner Centre. Our Global Chairs visiting professorship scheme attracts distinguished, globally renowned scholars to engage in a programme of high-profile research activity at our University. This meeting was an invaluable opportunity to reflect on how we enhance this network and continue to foster close relationships with these academics even after their term with us is over.

Professor David Coley’s important research into developing better shelters for refugees was at the heart of our visit to the United States. We met with David Miliband who is now President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and engaged in fruitful conversations with his team about how to expand this work in refugee camps beyond Jordan. We also had an excellent meeting with the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations in New York, Dr. Sima Sami Bahous. We were able to discuss the practical applications of David’s work helping to improve the living conditions of people living in extreme climates both for refugees and also for host communities in the Middle East.

Our schedule on this short trip allowed a meeting of the Foundation Board, our US charity, which made some important decisions about supporting sports scholarships for US students, further supporting the Global Chairs visiting professorship scheme and also creating a joint grant with Marshall Scholarships to attract the best and brightest minds to Bath.

For the next few weeks, my focus is closer to home, welcoming new and returning students back to campus. However, this trip will stay in my mind as a testament to the strength of our alumni network and the importance of looking further to forge new and fruitful partnerships across the globe.


Significant new investment for our Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS)

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Dear colleagues,

We have today received some fantastic news regarding the future of the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS).

I am delighted to confirm that the University has been awarded almost £29 million of capital funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) UK Research Partnership Investment Fund for the construction of IAAPS.

This award, together with £20m of our own capital funding and £10m from the Local Growth Fund administered by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership[1], will enable the construction of IAAPS to begin in the summer of 2018 and the facility to open in 2020.

IAAPS will be a global centre of excellence, delivering transformational research and innovation into advanced propulsion systems. Located at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, it will lead the development of future generations of ultra-low emission vehicles. It will both encourage economic investment in our region and help address the engineering skills shortage facing the UK automotive sector.

Global companies, including McLaren, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and Hofer Powertrain, as well as more local businesses such as HiETA Technologies, have been key to the success of the IAAPS concept. The support of the Automotive Council and the Advanced Propulsion Centre, alongside the support of the University’s industrial partners will continue to play a key role in the project.

The success of this funding bid has been hard won. There are too many individuals who have contributed to more than 40 years of automotive research excellence to name each one in person. However, the leadership of Professor Gary Hawley (Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Design) and the expertise of colleagues at the Powertrain Vehicle Research Centre have been central to the progress of IAAPS to date. My sincere thanks also to colleagues in senior management and across professional services who have worked so hard in supporting the Faculty of Engineering & Design to get to this stage.

I truly believe that securing this funding is an historic achievement for the University. Now the hard work begins in earnest to make the inspiring vision for IAAPS a reality.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell
President and Vice-Chancellor

[1] Subject to the approval of the Full Business Case by the West of England Joint Committee